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       dpkg-scansources - create Sources index files


       dpkg-scansources  [options]  binary-dir [override-file [path-prefix]] >


       dpkg-scansources scans the given binary-dir for .dsc files.  These  are
       used to create a Debian source index, which is output to stdout.

       The override-file, if given, is used to set priorities in the resulting
       index records and to override the maintainer field given  in  the  .dsc
       files.  The  file can be compressed. See deb-override(5) for the format
       of this file. NB:  Since the override file is indexed  by  binary,  not
       source,  packages,  there's  a  bit  of  a  problem  here.  The current
       implementation uses the highest priority of  all  the  binary  packages
       produced by a .dsc file for the priority of the source package, and the
       override entry for the first binary package listed in the .dsc file  to
       modify maintainer information. This might change.

       The  path-prefix,  if given, is prepended to the directory field in the
       generated source index. You generally use this to  make  the  directory
       fields contain the path from the top of the Debian archive hierarchy.

       Note:  If you want to access the generated Sources file with apt(8) you
       will probably need to compress the  file  with  gzip(1)  (generating  a
       Sources.gz  file).  apt  ignores  uncompressed  Sources files except on
       local access (i.e.  file:// sources).


       -n, --no-sort
           Don't sort the index records. Normally they are  sorted  by  source
           package name.

       -e, --extra-override file
           Scan  file  to find supplementary overrides (the file can be
           compressed). See deb-extra-override(5) for more  information
           on its format.

       -s, --source-override file
           Use  file  as  the  source  override  file  (the file can be
           compressed).  The default is the name of the  override  file
           you specified with .src appended.

           The  source  override file is in a different format from the
           binary  override  file.  It  contains  only  two  whitespace
           separated  fields,  the first is the source package name and
           the second is the section. Blank lines and comment lines are
           ignored  in  the normal manner. If a package appears in both
           files the source override takes precedence for  setting  the

           Turn debugging on.

           Show the usage message and exit.

           Show the version and exit.


       deb-override(5), deb-extra-override(5), dpkg-scanpackages(1).


       Roderick Schertler <>